We know. Sometimes it’s hard to get them bathed … But what a remedy! I will describe you step by step how to wash a dog, How Often Should You Wash Your Dog and answer the most frequently asked questions.
- 1 Recommendations to bathe a dog
- 2 Steps to wash a dog:
- 3 Praise your dog and if you can give him a treat or prize for dogs at the end of the bath.
- 4 How often should you wash your dog
- 5 How to soothe and bathe a dog that hates water?
- 6 What if I never wash my dog?
- 7 Recommendations:
Recommendations to bathe a dog
First of all:
- You should take the dog’s collars before bathing. Since you will need to wash the neck area well and also if the collar is nylon, it would stay wet for a long time, and if it is leather, it could shrink and drown the dog.
- If the dog has spots of resin or similar it is advisable to eliminate them before bathing. With cotton soaked in olive oil we can rub them and they will disappear.
- With sterile gauze and saline (or boiled water) carefully clean your ears before bathing. Remember to drain the gauze well before doing so that water does not enter.
- Clean your eyes with serum and different cotton or gauze than the one you use with your ears (it can also be with chamomile infusion made with boiled water) to remove legañas.
- Remember to take special care with your eyes, ears, nose, and mouth when bath time.
You will need to:
- Dog brush
- Shampoo for dog
- Anti-slip shower mat
- Hair dryer
- Carpet or towel to leave the dog when leaving the bathroom
- Put on old clothes or do not mind if you get wet
- Container to pour water without the shower hose (optional)
- The bathtub, shower, sink, sink or a basin (depends on the size of the dog)
Steps to wash a dog:
- Make sure the shampoo is right. It must be the shampoo for dogs, never people. If any day you stay without a dog shampoo you can use a very soft one of humans, but only if it is an emergency.
- The place of the bath should be warm without being scorching, never wash where you can catch a cold or where the air flow.
- Brush and untangle their hair to remove dust and dead hair. You can shake it too.
- Use the most appropriate place: The bathtub, shower or large bowl if the dog is large, and if it is a small dog better the sink, sink or small bowl.
- Check that the water is warm or warm, without burning. That has a pleasant temperature. You can wet the dog and rinse it before applying the shampoo.
- If the dog is terrified to start washing it from the bottom up, if it does not fear it, you can start from the neck down. In the beginning, avoid getting your head wet.
- Apply the shampoo first on your hands if possible and foam, then apply it to the dog. Soap it by doing a small massage and rinse. After wetting his head protecting his ears (careful, it should not get water) and soap away from the eyes.
- Rinse very carefully and give an extra rinse to the whole body (remember to leave it well rinsed). Much careful with eyes, ears, mouth,, and nose.
- Drain the dog by running your hands through it in the direction of its coat to eliminate excess. Then with a dry towel removes moisture and let the dog shake if they want.
- Leave the dog on the dry carpet or towel on the floor.
- Dry the dog in its entirety with the use of the dryer. You must use it at a distance of at least 30 centimeters so that it does not burn and keep moving it constantly. Then you can give it a final brush.
Praise your dog and if you can give him a treat or prize for dogs at the end of the bath.
How often should you wash your dog
It depends, but approximately once a month, if you don’t irritate their skin. If the dog is short-haired and does not smell, it may be longer without bathing, just with good brushing would be enough. We can wash it on occasion if it has been soiled a lot, but preferably with water (try not to use the shampoo more than once a month).
How to soothe and bathe a dog that hates water?
There are dogs that are not used to being washed and others that hate water. Here are some recommendations to try to relax:
- Put a non-slip rubber mat, so it does not slip and prevent it from getting frightened and slipping inside the bathtub.
- Speak in a soft, relaxed and sweet tone to calm him down. Give them caresses.
- You can give them some of your favorite toys or a snack to encourage it.
- Do not shout or scold them. It could associate them with something bad and have even more fear.
- Avoid having objects or shampoo bottles around the tub that can fall; the fact that they fall will make them even more nervous.
- It is not convenient to shower them; the water under pressure scares them more. You can fill something in the bathtub and with a container.
- The water should be warm, but do not burn. In summer better tempered. Never cold
- Leaving the bathroom door open can prevent the dog’s claustrophobia from feeling trapped.
- Wash it with the help of another person if we see that it is impossible to wash it ourselves.
If you want to avoid future water fears, it is best to start accustoming them to the bathroom since they were small (from the 5th week of age).
What if I never wash my dog?
If the dog is in a field or outdoor and in good health (has its vaccines, flea collar or pipette …) and you notice total normality in it, nothing would happen if it is not washed. With a good brushing would be often enough to remove dead hair and dust.
Surely you would notice more the smell of dog and also it is not a hygienic idea, especially if the dog climbs onto our sofa or bed.
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If you do not see yourself capable of doing it or it is still impossible to follow these tips, it is best to take it to a canine hairdressing salon and have it done by professionals.
If your dog shows signs of itching or redness after bathing consult with the veterinarian and stop using the dog shampoo you are using, it may be an allergic reaction or you may not have removed the shampoo properly.